Serpent's Kiss (Witches of East End Series #2)

Serpent's Kiss (Witches of East End Series #2)

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by Melissa de la Cruz
     
 

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Overview

The intriguing Beauchamp family, introduced in the New York Times bestselling Witches of East End, returns in Serpent’s Kiss, with dizzying plot twists and spellbinding magic.

Joanna and her daughters, bookish Ingrid and wild-child Freya, are just settling into the newfound peace that has been cast over their small, off-the map town of North Hampton. With the centuries-old restriction against practicing magic lifted, casting spells, mixing potions, and curing troubled souls has never felt so good for the three witches. That is, until everything gets turned upside down—from Joanna’s organized kitchen to Ingrid’s previously nonexistent love life to Freya’s once unshakeable faith in her sexy soul mate, Killian Gardiner.

When Freya’s twin brother, Freddie, suddenly returns, escaped from Limbo and professing innocence on a long-ago crime, Freya should be ecstatic. The golden boy can do no wrong. Or can he? Freddie blames no other than her fiancé Killian for his downfall, and enlists Freya’s help to prove it. Now Freya doesn’t know who to believe or trust.

And for the first time in—well, forever, really—Ingrid is also busy in love. Matt Noble, the handsome and charming police detective, has won her heart. But can romance work between a virgin witch and a mortal who doesn’t believe in magic? Things get even more complicated when it appears Ingrid is harboring the prime suspects in Matt’s police investigation.

To add to the chaos, a dead spirit is attempting to make contact with Joanna—but does it mean to bring harm or help? Joanna asks her sort-of ex-husband Norman to help figure it out, only to accidentally invite him to a Thanksgiving dinner with a dapper gentleman she’s recently begun dating.

As the witches pull together to discover the serpent within their midst and the culprit behind Freddie’s imprisonment, everything is thrown into peril. Will the discovery come too late to save those they love most?

Melissa de la Cruz weaves all this and more in a blockbuster sequel that is not to be missed by her fans, and one that is sure to enchant new readers of the series.

Praise for the Witches of East End series

“Move over, zombies, vampires, and werewolves, and make way for witches � a juicy new franchise.”—Entertainment Weekly

“A bubbling cauldron of mystery and romance.”—People

“A magical and roma

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This minimally engaging sequel suffers from middle-child syndrome. The cast and all their problems carry on from the bestselling first installment, Witches of East End. At the center are two sisters and Joanna, their mother—three witches who live in the charmed town of North Hampton at the end of Long Island. All three are romantically beset: Joanna is torn between her ex-husband and a new beau; librarian Ingrid, the older, is nervous about her first real relationship; and wild child Freya is forced to doubt the man she madly loves. It doesn’t help that an errant band of pixies and a trouble-prone brother with a missing trident are stirring up more supernatural strife. Dependent for its tension on the first installment, this chapter merely drifts along on leftover steam. The characters are stylized but lively, and moments like a trip in time to the witch-hunting 17th century are tantalizing. Not helping matters is the fact that these characters are immortal Norse gods, an original conceit that lends an air of unimportance to the proceedings; to an immortal, what’s a 50-year marriage, or even a 5,000-year stint in limbo, in the grand scheme of things? Agent: Richard Abate, 3 Arts Entertainment. (June)
From the Publisher
Praise for the Witches of East End series:"

Move over, zombies, vampires, and werewolves, and make way for witches a juicy new franchise."—Entertainment Weekly

Praise for the Witches of East End series:"

A bubbling cauldron of mystery and romance."—People

Praise for the Witches of East End series:"

A magical and romantic page-turner."—Washington Post

Praise for the Witches of East End series:"

[De la Cruz] lets her repressed sorceresses rip."—New York Times

Praise for the Witches of East End series:"

This tale of powerful women mixes mystery, a battle of good versus evil and a dash of Norse mythology into a page-turning parable of inner strength."—Self

Praise for the Witches of East End series:"

[I]ntrigue, mystery, and plenty of romance."—MTV.com

Praise for the Witches of East End series:"

Casts a spell."—Los Angeles Times

Praise for the Witches of East End series:"

Fans of the New York Times bestselling YA author (Blue Bloods series) will be delighted with the next entry in her new adult series (after Witches of East End). A compelling tale of powerful magic, romance, betrayal, and suspense."—Jennifer Anderson, Texas A&M University Library

Entertainment Weekly
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"Move over, zombies, vampires, and werewolves, and make way for witches a juicy new franchise."

New York Times
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"[De la Cruz] lets her repressed sorceresses rip."

Washington Post
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"A magical and romantic page-turner."

Los Angeles Times
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"Casts a spell."

Self
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"This tale of powerful women mixes mystery, a battle of good versus evil and a dash of Norse mythology into a page-turning parable of inner strength."

People
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"A bubbling cauldron of mystery and romance."

MTV.com
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"[I]ntrigue, mystery, and plenty of romance."

Jennifer Anderson
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"Fans of the New York Times bestselling YA author (Blue Bloods series) will be delighted with the next entry in her new adult series (after Witches of East End). A compelling tale of powerful magic, romance, betrayal, and suspense."

Library Journal
An ancient restriction has been lifted and Joanna, Freya, and Ingrid are free to practice magic in the sleepy town of North Hampton. Freya transforms the local tavern with pop-up drinks and special effects, while her sister Ingrid offers special "counseling services" on her lunch hour at the public library. Joanna, like most mothers, worries after her daughters and spends her spare time baking—and decoding cryptic messages from the dead. Freya's twin brother Fryr has escaped Limbo and is hiding in a local hotel. He's now claiming to be innocent of a long-ago crime. Freya will keep his location secret, but his accusations make her doubt the man closest to her heart. Ingrid wrestles with her feelings for police detective Matt Noble, and Joanna juggles a new romantic interest even as her affection for her estranged husband is rekindled. As the romance heats up, so does the mystery—and the danger. VERDICT Fans of the New York Times best-selling YA author ("Blue Bloods" series) will be delighted with the next entry in her new adult series (after Witches of East End). A compelling tale of powerful magic, romance, betrayal, and suspense.—Jennifer Anderson, Texas A&M Univ. Lib., Corpus Christi
Kirkus Reviews
Second in de la Cruz's increasingly convoluted mélange of witchcraft and Norse mythology, set in fictional North Hampton, Long Island. When we last saw Joanna Beauchamp and her witchly brood, the sacred bridge, Bofrir, had been destroyed, and the sun god, Fryr, aka Joanna's son Freddie, was blamed, because his signature trident (now missing) was found at the scene. Although it was clear then that the trickster god, Loki, was the real culprit (isn't he always?), the Valkyries consigned Freddie to Limbo, from which he has recently escaped. He's now holed up in North Hampton's no-tell motel (dubbed the Ucky Star for its missing neon letter). His twin sister, Freya, love goddess and mixologist extraordinaire at the local watering hole, is bringing Freddie food and trying to clear his name. Her boyfriend, Killian (the god Balder who is Loki's nemesis from way back), bears a trident-shaped mark--could he have framed Freddie? Joanna's oldest, Ingrid, aka hearth-deity Erda, has her own challenges: Her nascent romance with aptly named policeman Matt Noble is about to founder on her intractable virginity. Not only that, thieving pixies have invaded North Hampton, and Ingrid is hiding them in her mother's attic until she can discern how to cure their amnesia and return them to their home in another dimension. In a forest near the Beauchamp house, Joanna happens upon a burial mound and some runes. Could this be the final resting spot of a kindred spirit, hanged during the colonial witch hunts, and if so, why hasn't she been reborn, like Freya and Ingrid, who died in Salem? Only a trip back in time can solve these enigmas. In contrast to the first installment, there is very little entertaining interaction between the immortal Beauchamps and their human neighbors, and the Norse arcana is about as exciting as a romp through Tolkien's Silmarillion. Readers can, nevertheless, look forward to Book III, which promises to place the Beauchamps back in the 17th century where all their troubles began.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401323967
Publisher:
Hyperion
Publication date:
06/12/2012
Series:
Witches of East End Series, #2
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
449,852
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.08(h) x 1.11(d)
Age Range:
18 - 12 Years

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